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Stories about Surveillance

22 July 2015

Netizen Report: You Can’t Encrypt, But We Can Spy

"...the revelations have touched a nerve with certain Global Voices community members who are now virtually certain that their own communications devices were infected and monitored using Hacking Team spyware."

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

10 July 2015

Mexico Was Hacking Team's No. 1 Client for Spyware

At least 14 Mexican states and government agencies had contracts with Hacking Team, the Italy-based spyware company. But only some of them have constitutional authority to monitor citizen communications.

Digital Citizen 3.3

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

24 June 2015

Netizen Report: UK Spied on Human Rights Organizations in Egypt, South Africa

The UAE lays down new, rigid prohibitions against foul language on WhatsApp, Russians assess the Kremlin's version of the "Right to Be Forgotten", and Bing hops on the encryption train.

11 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.1

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

8 June 2015

Iran Increases Internet Surveillance Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Zolfaghari announces heightened security in anticipation of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

4 June 2015

Netizen Report: In Quest to Tame Internet, Kremlin Targets Privacy Tools

  Ellery Roberts Biddle, Mohamed ElGohary, Weiping Li, Hae-in Lim, Tetyana Lokot, Kevin Rothrock and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report. Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international...

3 June 2015

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.